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Research and Pathology Building

A New Home for Greater Capabilities

To enhance our research capabilities both in the Caribbean and globally, we opened our Research and Pathology Building in the summer of 2018. The 19,000 square-foot facility offers greater opportunities for multidisciplinary research collaborations and to further our students’ experiences and learning.

Multiple Areas, One Goal

With both pathology and necropsy areas, the facility offers an academic platform for students and faculty to address pressing One Health issues — the interconnectivity of animal, human and environmental health. From improved understanding of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases to protection of threatened and endangered species and ecosystems, the facility showcases our commitment to research and provides our students with an innovative and advanced educational program that prepares them to become leaders within the One Health realm.

Student-Focused Environment

To further empower our students and faculty, the facility dedicated 4,000 square feet to student needs, which includes the Dr. Donald F. Smith Learning Center. This 1,500-square-foot adaptable space is a hub of knowledge in which faculty can receive professional development and students can train, engage with faculty, and study.

Interactive Experience

With research growing in popularity amongst our students, the Research and Pathology Building helps meet the demand while enhacing their experiences. The eight labs allow for more opportunities for students to get hands on. There’s also a viewing gallery where early semester students can watch live streams of various procedures, with faculty explaining and teaching during the viewing. The added space also offers faculty and research students the opportunies to be more flexible and work in even more diverse areas to tackle various issues impacting animals, ecosystems and people.


“With increasing demand from students to be involved in research around local farms, marine biology or primate research, the Research and Pathology Building will be a 'One Health' hub for researchers from various disciplines.”

– A. Lee Willingham, Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies, Professor of One Health

Research and Pathology Building by the Numbers

  • 19,000 square feet
  • 13,000 sq ft of research space
  • 2,000 sq ft dedicated to pathology that includes necropsy and histology suites
  • 4,000 sq ft for student needs, including the 1,500 sq ft Dr. Donald F. Smith Learning Center
  • Eight laboratories

What We’re Working On

Research has always been a passion of ours, and it will continue to expand going forward. Here’s a look at some of the projects our faculty and students are working on that may be enhanced by the new building.

  • Diarrheic and Respiratory Viruses in Animals and Humans: Looking to gain vital insights into the prevalence, genetic diversity, and interspecies transmission/zoonosis of common respiratory and enteric viruses that might be circulating in the Caribbean.
  • Understanding the innate immune role of TRIM proteins in bovine macrophages: Exploring the knowledge gap that exists regarding the role of TRIM proteins in immunity of large livestock animals.
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